- swift «swihft», adjective, adverb, noun.–adj.1. moving very fast; able to move very fast: »
a swift horse, a swift automobile.SYNONYM(S): fleet, speedy, rapid.2. made or done at high speed; quick: »
a swift pace, the swift clicking of the knitting needles.3. coming, happening, or performed quickly; prompt: »
a swift answer.4. quick, rapid, or prompt to act; ready; alert (to): »
swift to suspect. He is swift to repay a kindness.–adv.in a swift manner; swiftly.–n.1. a small bird with long, strong wings, noted for its rapidity of flight. It is related to the hummingbird and goatsucker but looks somewhat like a swallow. The chimney swift of North America often builds its nest in an unused chimney. »
The swift…has a wingspread of some 16 inches, which makes it an incomparable little flying machine (Scientific American).2. any one of certain small lizards that run quickly.3. any one of a family of large moths distinguished by their rapid flight; ghost moth.4. a kind of reel, usually adjustable in diameter, used for winding skeins of yarn, silk, and thread.5. a cylinder in a carding machine.╂[Old English swift]–swift´ly, adverb.–swift´ness, noun.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.